Yay! I’ve actually managed to post a Top 5 Wednesday on time. Progress.
I love this topic, but I really haven’t read all that many classics so this will be more a “classics that I’ve read that could possibly be interesting if they had modern adaptations” post.
THE ILLIAD | Homer
Just think of all the possibilities that this epic poem could have if it was given a modern treatment! It could be like a weird mix between West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, and some random YA contemporary romance. Paris is that pretty, suburban rich boy in high school who runs into this gorgeous girl from across the tracks. He sees that she’s part of a gang and is in a bad relationship, and so he woos her and steals her away to suburbia. Her ex isn’t so hyped about that so he gathers all his friends and they declare “war” on the rich boy and his group of friends. The ex also calls up the big guns (and his friend), but so does rich boy, the two gangs meet up in the middle, fight it out for a bit, there’s a horse somewhere in there, both the big guns go down eventually, someone else dies (probably rich boy Paris), and the girl is left to no side but her own. See? Possibilities.
LORD OF THE FLIES | William Golding
Lord of the Flies is the type of story that remains relevant simply due to its discussion of innocence and the loss of it when burdened with more responsibility and knowledge of the world. That being said, I think this story has huge potential to be reimagined. I hear talk of a film that features a cast of all girls instead of boys, but I think there could be more to it. Instead of a plane crash filled with schoolgirls and an island, I’m thinking maybe a group of backpacking women who get lost in the woods and need to survive until help can be reached. They establish a “colony” but things go awry. Simple as that. Or maybe just the origination of the Amazons. Not the Marvel kind. The Greek kind.
WUTHERING HEIGHTS | Emily Bronte
Just like the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, I think Wuthering Heights could be a pretty awesome web series. It could be called “Heathcliff Notes.” Ha! I kid. But not really. We could go from Catherine’s (not Cathy’s) POV, which would be torturous, but worth it in the end. Maybe. Or we could go from Cathy’s POV in that it’s present day and she finds her mom’s diary and reads about her mom’s (Catherine’s) life with and without Heathcliff. Lockwood’s in there somewhere. And a wedding. And an old, cranky Heathcliff. And I’m just throwing out ideas at this point.
THE TELL-TALE HEART | Edgar Allen Poe
This story is about madness and so interpretations of such a simple story could be endless. Instead of a man driven wild by a mad eye, it could be a woman. Instead of a mad eye, it could be incessant bubble gum popping (*nods to Cell Block Tango*). Instead of an old man, it could be a sibling. Instead of the police, it could be the FBI because they’ve finally caught up to a serial killer rather than a first-time murderer. The heart under the floorboards can be an artificial heart of an android. Either way, I’d pay good money to see a modern short or full-length film on this famous tale by Poe.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO | Alexandre Dumas
Yes, yes, I know USA’s Revenge was already loosely based on this novel, but I’d love to see another film or TV interpretation. A modern YA novel based on the original would be even more welcome. Revenge stories are my favorite, especially this one. Revenge comes in all forms, so there’s really no reason not to get creative with it. To have a modern retelling of this classic revenge tale would be FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC.
I was going to include some Shakespeare but I think most of them have a modern adaptation somewhere in the world, especially Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was thinking maybe The Picture of Dorian Gray, but the only thing I could imagine that would change is that instead of a painting, it would be a photograph that ages and turns hella ugly. So….yeah.
Anyways, that’s all I got for now. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time ❤